The Minister of Fisheries, Ideli Salvatti, in the Senate. (Photo: MPA)
Minister calls for environmental licensing to be simplified
Friday, February 18, 2011, 04:10 (GMT + 9)
The head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), Ideli Salvatti, has asked the President of the Senate, Jose Sarney, to prioritize the analysis of two projects which are "essential" for the sector.
The goal of the initiatives are to simplify environmental licenses to produce fish in captivity, currently under the responsibility of the Brazilian Environmental Institute (Ibama).
This project is in the Committee on the Environment, Science and Technology.
The other proposal deals with water resources.
"We will install tanks for fish production in hydroelectric plants that exist today," to be able to match China's production, the minister said.
But she acknowledged that the delay in licensing prevents growth in the sector.
"If we have flexibility in environmental permits, Brazil could quickly multiply its production of fish," said Salvatti.
According to the minister, they are "symbolic projects", which the government hopes legislators will approve quickly, reports Agencia Brasil.
By Analia Murias